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Delhi, the capital of the country, is fast becoming the preferred destination for students from within the country as well as abroad. Industries and companies, following the call of globalization, make a beeline for the state and this has led to an almost exponential growth in career options and job opportunities.
Delhi has three main central universities—the University of Delhi, the Jawaharlal Nehru University and the Jamia Milia Islamia University. It also has the Indian Institute of Technology. Other than these, there are numerous private universities (IP University) as well as institutes and universities specializing in technical education (Jamia Hamdard).
By the end of May, almost all of the boards of education administering the 12th standard final examinations will have declared their results. For those who have decided to pursue at least a part of their tertiary education in the University of Delhi, the rush begins now.
There are about eighty-three colleges affiliated to the University of Delhi, spread out all over the state. The Sherubtse College in Kanglung, Bhutan is also an affiliate of the University. There are two main campuses of the University: the north campus and the south campus.
The North campus proper has about eight colleges bunched together around the Faculty of Arts and Science and the Faculty of Law. Notable among these are St. Stephen’s College, Hindu College and Sri Ram College of Commerce, all co-educational institutions; and Miranda House, Indraprastha College and Daulat Ram College, exclusively for women.
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In the south campus, colleges are more scattered. Sri Venkateswara College, Lady Sriram College, Jesus and Mary College and Dayal Singh are some of the colleges that make up the south campus of the Delhi University.
By 1 June, an OCR form, along with a detailed information bulletin, is made available to candidates at a nominal cost in centres across the city between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. This pre-admission form, common to all colleges, asks for a candidate’s particulars, the marks he has scored, and his preferred subjects and colleges.
A candidate can mark up preferences for 8 colleges and 10 courses on a single form. This form has to be submitted by the middle of June to various collection centres set up in the campuses. These forms are scanned in the University and sent out to the various colleges where the candidate is seeking admission.
For courses which require an admission test—for instance, B.A. (Honours) in English in some colleges, and disciplines like computer science— separate forms will have to be submitted in individual colleges. The same is true for candidates applying for places in the hostels.
For candidates belonging to the reserved categories, a separate, central booth is set up; their forms are collected and colleges allotted based on preference and merit.
After the due date for the collection of forms, usually 15 June, there is a tense period of waiting while the forms are processed. This is also a time for intense speculation as to what the cut-off percentages for various courses will be. The colleges announce their first admission list in the last week of June, usually by the 26th. There is a rush as students need to pay the admission fees and reserve their seats before the second cut-off list is announced, usually 30 June, to prevent their names being struck off the list.
A candidate whose name appears on the first list and does not immediately secure admission cannot claim admission after the second list has been announced. If the quota of candidates for a particular course has not been fulfilled, colleges announce a second list. Some colleges, not many, announce a third list as well, by 5 July, if they have empty seats still left in some courses. The academic session begins by 17 July.
ECA: Colleges reserve seats for candidates who have been proficient at sports and extra curricular activities like music, theatre etc. at school. The level of participation must be at least the district level.
The cut-off percentage required for candidates applying through the ECA quota is significantly lower. The candidates who get admission on the basis of this quota will be required to represent their college at various inter-college and inter-university competitions and functions.
Different colleges lay stress on different types of extra-curricular activities. To avail of this quota, the candidate must fill out the ECA application form at individual colleges. For those applying through the sports quota, tryout dates will be given and for those applying for music or theatre, auditions will be held at the respective colleges. A separate list is issued by colleges informing those who have secured admission on the basis of these quotas.
Weather: Delhi is a semi-desert state with great extremes of climate. June, at the time of admission, is the height of summer and temperatures can soar up to 48 degree Celsius. So, for candidates from more salubrious climates, it is important to be mentally and physically prepared for the heat, mainly because the process of admission may require long hours of being in the open. Therefore, suitable clothing and constant hydration is a must.
Documents: Migration certificate, mark sheets and duly attested photocopies will need to be submitted at the time of admission. For candidates belonging to the reserved categories, certificates of proof as well as other documents will have to be submitted at the time of form submission. Students who have applied for the Extra Curricular Activity category will have to submit participation and achievement certificates.
Accommodation: Most colleges offer hostels, strictly on the basis of merit, yet it is not possible for them to provide accommodation for everyone. Residential colonies in and around the campus have many private hostels that cater to the floating student population.
Rooms and sets of rooms are also available on rent in these colonies. While these cost more than college hostels or even private ones, mainly because of the higher rents, they are sometimes the only option.
Colonies also vary in terms of rent depending on the location and ‘upmarketness’ of the colony. For instance, in the north campus, rents in Nehru Vihar are significantly lower than in Outram Lines. Thus, it would be a good idea for aspiring students to get in touch with anyone they know who has been living and studying in Delhi for some time so that they have a grip on the accommodation situation. Living for extended periods of time in hotels would be both inconvenient and financially unadvisable.
Expenses: Delhi is also an expensive city; the cost of living here is much higher than elsewhere in India. Therefore, for the first-timer, it is important to carry enough money to cover boarding, lodging and travel expenses for at least a month. It is also imperative that one keeps in reserve enough cash to cover the admission fees, as the only way to ensure a place in college once admission is confirmed after the cut-off lists are announced, is to pay the admission fees in full.
Transport: An extremely efficient Metro system connects most parts of Delhi. North campus is thus effectively connected to the central, parts of east Delhi and west Delhi by the Metro. To get to south Delhi one can take the Metro to central Delhi and look for alternative means of transport there.
For a newcomer, auto-rickshaws are the most effective means of transport, though they are slightly expensive. Buses are economical and go everywhere; however, one needs at least a month to figure out routes. Once the session starts at various colleges, dedicated Delhi Transport Corporation buses ferry students from various parts of Delhi to the campuses.
Website: Delhi University also maintains an exhaustive website to guide and ease the process of admission: http://www.du.ac.in/admissions/.
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